Covered in snow, Katahdin is seen from the Pines and Ridges Warming Hut on Feb. 23, of the Penobscot River Trails near Grindstone. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 20s in the north and mid-30s in the south with snow throughout the state in the morning.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Before Bangor had buses, it had a trolley — which had to compete with a mess of traffic

Credit: Courtesy of Dick Shaw

–The Bangor Street Railway, later known as the Bangor Railway and Electric Co., was the first electric railway system in Maine. It opened in 1889, just one year after the world’s first widely successful electric trolley system debuted in Richmond, Virginia. Based on a 100-year-old map, the BDN has attempted to reconstruct the city’s old trolley routes.

Millinocket town councilor finds that what he does in Maine is criminal in New York

–Steve Golieb was hauling construction equipment in a trailer attached to a pickup truck from south Florida to Massachusetts on Dec. 9. Golieb was in New York, and following the instructions from his GPS, he got onto the Taconic State Parkway. That was his first mistake.

In Old Town, spruced-up facades and mill’s coming restart have brought new business

Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

–An upgraded look from renovated building facades in downtown Old Town, the ND Paper pulp mill’s expected reopening and the construction of a downtown entertainment venue have inspired a handful of new businesses to set up shop. A restaurant, a sporting goods consignment store and a variety store have all opened their doors since Chinese paper company ND Paper bought the Old Town pulp mill in October 2018 and announced plans to restart it.

Plans for a new drug court in midcoast Maine have now expanded to offer services to veterans

–New District Attorney Natasha Irving wants to expand the drug court plans that were in place when she was elected last November to include services for veterans who might be helped through a specialized court that steers people toward treatment and rehabilitation. “I don’t want to limit to just somebody that has a drug or alcohol issue. I want it to be for mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, for veterans returning home that are having mental illness or drug and alcohol issues,” Irving said. The sticking point remains startup costs approaching $1 million that the Legislature would have to approve.

Four years after its paper mill closed, Bucksport’s downtown is nearly full

–Four businesses that plan to open this spring in downtown Bucksport, along with the dozen or so others already there, leave only one open space in the downtown commercial zone.

Fairfield man who killed wife, buried her with chip bag and Guilty cologne, seeks new trial

–Luc Tieman, 35 of Fairfield is serving a 55-year sentence at the Maine State Prison in Warren for murdering his wife, Valerie Tieman. On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments in the appeal of his conviction at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland. Luc Tieman buried his wife in a shallow grave with a potato chip bag, his wedding ring, flowers, love notes and a bottle of men’s cologne called Guilty.

These Maine students hit the beach to attend school, not take a break from it

Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik

–Students at Maine Ocean School, the state’s second magnet school, don’t have permanent classrooms yet, but they do have great enthusiasm for learning how to extend the state’s vaunted maritime heritage. Navigation is an early favorite class as the Searsport school’s leaders plot a course to increase enrollment and search for a site to anchor the program.

Do this: ‘A jewel for this area’: Big Squaw ski resort wants people to ‘ski the view’

Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

–Phil Adams spends three days a week in a heated, wooden structure at the top of the chairlift at Big Squaw Mountain near Moosehead Lake. The 72-year-old has been making sure everyone gets safely off the chairlift for six years. He loves his job. He loves the clean air and the views from his “office.”

In other news …


Firefighters escort body of Berwick fire captain who made the ‘ultimate sacrifice’

Medicare penalizes 4 Maine hospitals for high rates of infection and other complications

LL Bean partners for small-batch boot made with sailcloth


Art has always been a ‘must’ in Bangor artist Kat Johnson’s life

Bangor lawmaker wants probate judges to be appointed, not elected

Late Old Town outdoorsman’s Penobscot artifact collection donated to tribe


Sellers see strong interest in Aroostook mall

Maine lobster harvest value jumps by $46 million

Jackson Laboratory, Sanofi announce partnership on cancer


Mills budget tweaks, CMP oversight and elections take center stage at State House

How Maine’s members of Congress voted last week

Janet Mills and Paul LePage have at least one thing in common: a lead foot


Employee benefits aren’t as simple as passing a law

Gutting reasonable rules on payday lenders puts low-income Mainers at risk

Want to reform health care in the US? Look to the German model


Caribou boys outlast Cape Elizabeth for first state crown since 1969

Vance, Fleming lead Bangor boys past Bonny Eagle for ‘AA’ crown

UMaine women sew up America East regular-season title, top tourney seed

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